ISE 2020 sees the launch of a new conference, the Control Rooms Summit (CRS). This latest addition to the exhibition’s comprehensive programme of presentations and panel discussions will look at the latest trends in technology, design, ergonomics and best practice for the increasingly crucial control rooms sector. The theme for the inaugural event is How Better Integrated AV will Save and Protect Lives.

Host and moderator for the CRS is Peter Prater, chairman of the ICCRA (International Critical Control Rooms Alliance). As well as providing opening and closing remarks for the Summit, Prater will moderate two panel discussions. The first is The Use of AV in Critical Control Rooms. Participants for this session are: Christopher Blake Carver, US director of sales for Hexagon Safety and Infrastructure; Chief Superintendent David Jackson of the Metropolitan Police Service in London; Jan Petter Lie, president (Europe) at visualisation specialist Cyviz; and Thierry Bru, service manager of the Operations Control Centre (OCC) at the European Space Agency (ESA).

David Jackson and Thierry Bru will also present specific case studies. Jackson leads the Met’s Contact, Command and Control Services and is currently involved in developing the force’s Public Contact Centre and upgrading technology at Command Control. Bru has worked at the ESA for 19 years and is responsible for the overall maintenance and evolution of the Agency’s operational control centres. He will outline the development of the ESA’s main control room.

The first full session of the day is Remotely Operated Vehicles at Australia’s Largest Oil and Gas Development, presented by Samuel Forbes, general manager of Fugro Australia. Fugro is an international geo-data specialist that collects and analyses information about the earth and structures of sites on both land and in the sea.

This will be followed by a case study from José Daenen, director of operations at LVNL, the Netherlands air traffic control service. The presentation will look at the activities of LVNL, which, in recent years, has been actively working to reduce both noise levels and CO2 emissions, as well as improving flight safety.

The second panel session will be Ergonomic Design Considerations. Speakers include: Dr Astrid Oehme, managing director of German consultancy and project management company HFC Human-Factors-Consult; David Watts, managing director at human behaviour and design practice CCD Design and Ergonomics; Fernando Cajal, international sales director for GESAB, a specialist in design packages and conceptual studies; and Rossano Giachino, control centre manager at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva.

Giachino will also present a case study, Managing the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, where he has worked since 1984. Sean Wargo, senior director of market intelligence at AVIXA (Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association) will examine The Critical Control Market in a presentation, looking at the growth of the sector, which is increasingly relying on big data.

Another case study will come from Steve Lachard of satellite service provider SES Astra. Lachard will look at a very specific technology in his session How the Dynamic KVM Technology is revolutionising the Control Room Operation.

The Control Rooms Summit will take place on 11 February at the Hotel Okura between 09:00 and 16:30.

Control Rooms Summit (CRS) is a half-day conference produced by Integrated Systems Events. CRS will discuss business and technology strategies for control rooms across a wide range of vertical markets. It is being held on 11 February 2020 at the Hotel Okura during Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), the world’s largest exhibition for professional AV and systems integration (11-14 February 2020, RAI Amsterdam).

  • Control Rooms Summit (CRS) ISE 2020
  • Tuesday 12 February 2020, 9:00-13:00
  • Hotel Okura, Amsterdam
  • Tickets are available here